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U of W recognized for measuring carbon footprint

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Alana Lajoie-O'Malley, seen here with some on-campus compost bins, is director of the Campus Sustainability Office at the University of Winnipeg.

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Alana Lajoie-O'Malley, seen here with some on-campus compost bins, is director of the Campus Sustainability Office at the University of Winnipeg. Photo Store

The University of Winnipeg is now officially recognized by the international Climate Registry for measuring its campus carbon footprint.

U of W said that it has had its carbon footprint third-party verified, and has reported the data on the registry’s website. This builds on the effort that began in 2006 when the university started reporting greenhouse gas emissions publicly through its annual Sustainability Performance Reports.

"We know that transparent and accurate reporting of greenhouse gas emissions plays a big role in achieving real emission reductions," said U of W’s director of sustainability, Alana Lajoie-O'Malley. "The practice was critical in enabling us to achieve our first major reductions in GHG emissions last year, and we will continue to rely on strong reporting as we strive to achieve a 10 per cent reduction below 1990 levels by the end of 2016."

Measuring their carbon footprint with The Climate Registry helps organizations identify inefficiencies and potential for cost savings, and provide meaningful data about their environmental performance to stakeholders, U of W officials said.

The Climate Registry is a non-profit organization that operates the only carbon footprint registry in North America supported by states, provinces, territories and aboriginal bands. The Climate Registry helps hundreds of public and private organizations measure, report and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions with integrity. For more information, visit www.theclimateregistry.org.

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